There is no question that lighting can impact how a setting is perceived. When it comes to botanical garden lighting, there are few things you need to consider for this setting. Below are a few suggestions that will help you maximize this area for success by implementing the right lighting applications and techniques.
The first step when planning the best solution for botanical garden lighting is to take into consideration that heat output generated by certain lamp types. Since some plants may be vulnerable to being exposed to high heat or too much heat, it is important to ensure this does not become an issue. Many botanical gardens choose to implement low to no heat emitting options, such as LED, which will provide the safest option for the plants.
Color rendering index or CRI is one of the most important factors of lighting for plants and flowers. The color rendering index measures how well a light fixture picks up and distinguishes between different colors. For example, a lower index will make slight variations in hue less perceivable to the naked eye, while a higher CRI will allow them to be more visible. When you are dealing with plants and flowers, you can see why this is an important factor. We recommend choosing lights with at least a CRI of 80+ or higher to achieve the best results.
Having the proper color temperature is also another important aspect of lighting a botanical garden. Color temperature is measured in how warm to cool a light source is on the Kelvin scale. For example, warm is a yellow-tinged light, while cool is a white to white-blue light. It is important to keep in mind that the color temperature plays a role in how the eye perceives the flower and plant colors. So, we recommend sticking with a cooler temperature rather than a warmer one to avoid plants looking dingy or faded in yellow light.
When your planning on installing lighting in outdoor areas, it is important to choose fixtures that are designed to handle the elements. To ensure you get the right choice, check to ensure the fixture is wet or damp location rated so it can handle being outdoors. We recommend that you consider the use of vapor tight fixtures because they are protected from water, dust, and other debris.